Mexico State has been waiting for two years to get their hands
on me. They’ve got some big plans for my future.”
has had a lot of impact on the sport of football. Unfortunately
for the opponents of the Corsairs, that impact has often been
painfully registered on their quarterbacks and running backs.
“I’m a linebacker, so I knock people down,” says
Tony with a laugh in explaining the “delicate” art of
defensive football players. “I got a scholarship to play
in a school in Tennessee out of high school. But I had a friend
who told me I should really come out here to play,” says
the Cincinnati native. “So I talked with Coach Taylor and
I got a really positive feeling about SMC.” The result is
that Tony made All-State Conference two years running. And he’s
now on his way to New Mexico and—hopefully—the National
Football League. And “football genes” do seem to run
in his family.
folks back in Cincinnati are really proud of me,” says Tony.
“And my cousin—Carlton Gray from UCLA. They’re
having a big party for him back home this weekend to see which
round of the NFL draft he’s picked in.” But Tony says
that his glorious moments on the field are not the only way he’d
like to be remembered.
many people end up going to school back home,” he says. “And
if they do go, they drop out quick. And with football, even if
you make it to the NFL, you can’t expect to be there your
whole life forever.” And to illustrate his point, Tony remembers
conversations he’s had with his mother. “She really
wants me to stay in school and get that degree,” he says.
“And that’s why—even if people in sports ask me
to get out of school early—I’m staying in until I graduate.”